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Recycled TPU

Recycled TPU decreases our dependence on virgin petroleum without sacrificing durability or weather-resistant performance.
Why

Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) is a crucial part of what makes our Black Hole® products so durable. When applied onto fabric, this laminate coating creates a material that’s extremely weather-resistant and abrasion-resistant, so your gear can withstand the most rugged of travels.

But building a plastic-based finish—one that makes up nearly half the fabric weight in our Black Hole products—means tapping virgin petroleum as a source for raw material. To reduce our reliance on fossil fuels without losing the performance our gear needs, we’re making more products with recycled TPU, a change that decreases our carbon emissions from manufacturing by 89% compared to those associated with virgin TPU. It’s the latest step in Patagonia’s path to using 100% recycled raw materials across our entire line.

Made from manufacturing waste

In Fall 2022, we began making select Black Hole products with recycled TPU sourced from postindustrial waste, with plans to expand across the Black Hole collection over subsequent seasons.
868,000

Pounds of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) we avoided by using recycled TPU instead of virgin TPU in select Spring 2024 Black Hole products.

Where We Are

Our Fall 2022 collection includes four Black Hole products made with recycled TPU sourced from postindustrial waste—the Mini MLC, MLC, MLC Cube and Rod Case. In total, this accounts for 5% of TPU across our product line.

What’s Next

By developing NetPlus® material with Bureo, we have supported the collection and recycling of more than 1,000 tons of discarded fishing nets. We will continue to incorporate NetPlus into more Patagonia products over the next few years.

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